One Thanksgiving season a family was seated around their
table, looking at the annual holiday bird. From the oldest
to the youngest, they were to express their praise. When they
came to the 5-year-old in the family, he began by looking at
the turkey and expressing his thanks to the turkey, saying
although he had not tasted it he knew it would be good. After
that rather novel expression of thanksgiving, he began with a
more predictable line of credits, thanking his mother for
cooking the turkey and his father for buying the turkey. But
then he went beyond that. He joined together a whole hidden
multitude of benefactors, linking them with cause and effect.
He said, "I thank you for the checker at the grocery store who
checked out the turkey. I thank you for the grocery store people
who put it on the shelf. I thank you for the farmer who made it
fat. I thank you for the man who made the feed. I thank you for
those who brought the turkey to the store."
Using his Columbo-like little mind, he traced the turkey all the
way from its origin to his plate. And then at the end he solemnly
said "Did I leave anybody out?"
His 3-year-older brother, embarrassed by all those proceedings,
Solemnly and without being flustered at all, the 5-year-old said,"I was about to get to him."
Well, isn't that the question about which we ought to think at
Thanksgiving time? Are we really going to get to him this